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New report highlights problems faced by patients with severe sight and blindness

Posted On: 17 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Sight loss charity, RNIB Scotland, has revealed in a new study that blind and partially-sighted people are struggling to receive healthcare information in accessible formats.
This has led to many cases of patients missing important medical appointments because they were unable to read the documents sent to them.
The report's author, Laura Jones, warned this was putting patients at risk of being denied treatment and potentially vital appointments.
She said: “The NHS puts great emphasis on the cost of missed appointments to over-burdened clinics. So giving patients accessible information makes sense.
“More worryingly, as many sight loss conditions are progressive, any delays in treatment could mean unnecessary deterioration in sight.”
The analysis, released today, also highlights that patient confidentiality is breached when people have to rely on carers, relatives or friends to read appointment letters, medication or test results.
Ms Jones added: “It's now almost a decade since the passing of patient rights...

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